Major art prize open to representational artists

2017 winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Christopher Green and his son Hunter, with the  winning entry.
2017 winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Christopher Green and his son Hunter, with the winning entry.

Artists are being challenged to show their artistic skills with the chance to win up to £15,000.

In addition to the cash award the Lynn Painter-Stainers prize-winners will also receive a gold medal and the chance to see their paintings hung in London’s world-famous Mall Galleries.

Unlike many other contemporary art competitions, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is for representational art – art that seeks to capture the real world.

Now in its 13th year, the Lynn Painter-Stainers competition is one of the most prestigious awards for artists in the UK, offering total prize money of £30,000, including a first prize of £15,000, second prize of £4,000 alongside the newly introduced People’s Prize worth £2,000.

Young artists aged 25 or under can compete for the Young Artist Award of £4,000. This is a coveted prize that aims to promote support fresh new talent.

For the fourth year running, the competition is also offering the Brian Botting Prize of £5,000 which will be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.

Christopher Green, winner of the 2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers prize, urged artists to take up the challenge. He said: “Do enter the competition, it’s really something to work towards. I entered many times before I won.

“Winning the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize has been the high point of my work so far. I’ve been very busy since the announcement.”

2017’s People’s Prize winner, 22-year-old Kieran Nash, said: “After winning the prize, my painting View from Tate Modern was accepted for the Bath Society of Artists annual exhibition and was featured in the media. I also gained many more connections in the art world.”

The competition is open to any UK resident over 18-years-old. Both amateur artists and professionals can submit up to four pieces of work. Deadline for entry is 5pm on December 6. Full details from www.lynnpainterstainersprize.org.uk.

Around 100 entries will be selected for display in London’s famous Mall Galleries from March 5-17, 2018. Winners will be announced on March 5.